It is not uncommon for female body builders to have breast augmentation surgery to further enhance their figure. However, certain factors must be considered to achieve the best result and prevent or at least reduce the risk of complications.
One important thing to consider is that body builders in general have a very low percentage of body fats which predisposes them to higher risk of implant visibility and palpable rippling. This is more of a concern if a patient’s breast has less tissue.
Because of this specific feature, plastic surgeons usually recommend the submuscular implant placement for female body builders. With this technique, the breast implants are covered not just by the tissue and skin but also by pec muscle, reducing the risk of wrinkling and shell visibility.
However, the submuscular implant placement has its own downside. While a body builder contracts her pectoralis muscle, chances are the breast implants will move along with it—something which is undesirable for some patients. Also, they should bear in mind that it is difficult to predict “the degree of movement” after surgery.
By contrast, the subglandular implant placement or positioning of the device above the pec muscle does not pose the same problem. For this reason, the technique may sound appealing to female body builders compared with the submuscular breast augmentation technique.
But as mentioned earlier, body builders are prone to implant rippling and wrinkling since they often have a low percentage of fats. For this reason, they also have to consider what they are getting into if they would choose the subglandular implant placement over the submuscular.
Fortunately, a board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in breast augmentation can guide his patient to make the right decision.
To put it succinctly, patients should choose which of those problems they definitely want to avoid, and think about the ramifications that will be acceptable for them.
The next issue to consider is whether to use saline or silicone breast implants. Patients should bear in mind that the right implant type is determined by the amount of tissue and fat, the bust size they want to achieve, and the ramifications they are willing to accept.
In general, female body builders will benefit more with silicone breast implants because these are filled with a cohesive gel that mimics the way natural tissue feels. By contrast, saline implants—due to their watery consistency—should be avoided particularly if the patients have low body fats because they usually lead to unnatural result.